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How to Help Clots on Surface Veins

Have you noticed sore, red, lumps appearing over your varicose veins that can sometimes look and feel like a burn?

You might be dealing with superficial thrombophlebitis (STP), an inflammatory condition of your veins often resulting from the formation of a blood clot. While it typically occurs in the legs, superficial thrombophlebitis cases have been documented in the arms or neck.
The risk of such superficial clots is that, if left untreated, can progress and reach the deep veins causing deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or even worse – clots on the lungs (pulmonary embolism).

More often than not, females are more affected than males.dr-maged-aziz-surgeon-2

Several factors go into determining who may develop surface vein clots (STP). Some of those factors include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Infection
  • Varicose Veins
  • A newly inserted catheter into a vein
  • An increased blood clotting disorder
  • Patients over the age of 60

What You Can Do

If you’re noticing signs or symptoms of superficial thrombophlebitis (STP), it is important to urgently visit your general practitioner or specialist as simple pain medication and rest are not the best course of treatment. Unfortunately, some practitioners aren’t aware of how serious the condition can be—in some cases, it may be life threatening if it progresses to deep vein thrombosis or clots on the lungs.

Thankfully, visiting a specialist can help resolve the situation effectively. Mostly, a short course of anticoagulation (blood thinners) will be adequate to stop any progression of the clots. At our practice, we’ll examine your affected area with advanced technology to determine the proper course of care. From there, we’ll discuss the best options with you before proceeding with treatment. Generally, most patients recover quickly and painlessly from the minimally invasive procedures performed by Dr Aziz—so much so that they can return to regular life activities quite soon.

Learn How We Can Help

If you’d like to book a visit with our practice, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us today to get started – Dr. Aziz will do all he can to ensure you receive the proper and effective care you need to overcome your condition.

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